The International Association for Child Safety is partnering with mount manufacturer Sanus to spread awareness about the risk of unsecured flat panel TVs tipping in the home. The focus of the educational effort is accident prevention, according to Sanus.
Due to increasing sizes and new ultra thin designs, flat panel TVs can easily tip when bumped or pulled. In consequence, they can topple off furniture, potentially causing injury or even death especially to children. The rate of children hurt from TV tip-overs has nearly doubled in two decades, Sanus noted, and a study released in Pediatrics, a journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, indicated that more than 17,000 children are treated in emergency rooms across the country for TV-related injuries every year.
Sanus and the IAFCS will share educational resources and safety solutions via the association’s website as well as through its membership newsletter and social media channels. In addition, the partnership will serve as a platform to further educate consumers about a Sanus national safety awareness campaign with Safe Kids Worldwide, the mount maker noted.